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Head to Crex Meadows in July and check out outdoor events for the whole family

By Northwest Region July 3, 2018

Contact(s): Lauren Finch, DNR Natural Resources Educator, 715-463-2739

GRANTSBURG, Wis. - Make the most out of summer and head to Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area in July for a number of family-friendly events.

Little Wildlifers
July 3, 10, and 17 - 10-11:15 a.m.

Families are offered a chance to discover wildlife through stories, songs, hands-on activities, games, crafts, and snacks. Little Wildlifers is a free, no-registration, no obligation program that encourages families to get out an enjoy nature. Participants are reminded to dress for the weather - this event is for participants ages 2-8.

History of Trapping and Fur Trade in Wisconsin
Saturday, July 7 - 1-2 p.m.

Join us at the Visitor Center for a presentation by Kevin Hoyt of the Forts Folle Avoine. Learn about the history of trapping in our area and how it differs from trapping today! Also learn about the fur trade industry and the companies that were once in Burnett County.

Evening Exploration Hikes
Monday, July 9 - 5-6:30 p.m.

Experience wildlife in a new way and join us at for a series of evening hikes during the summer months! Each hike will be in a different area of the property, and will be no longer than 1-2 miles in length. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Bird Watching
Friday, July 13 - 8-10:30 a.m.

As a group, participants will learn how to identify different birds, get hints for bird watching on Crex Meadows, and come together to share recent sightings! Meet at the Visitor Center and carpool through the wildlife area.

Wolf Howl Program
Friday, July 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Begin at the Visitor Center with a brief presentation on Wolf Ecology and Surveys. We will then howl in one or more special locations on Crex Meadows, listening for wolf response. Pre-registration required. Space is limited to 25 participants - this event is for participants 8 years of age and older.

Kids Learn to Kayak
July 16 & 17 - 12-3:00 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to kayak? Here is your chance! Crex is offering a two day course for kids to learn the basics of kayaking, and have the chance to paddle around Upper North Fork Flowage. Pre-registration required by July 9th. Cost: $25/ person or bring your own equipment. Life jackets are required - this event is for participants over the age of 11.

Crex Camp for Kids
July 30 to Aug. 1 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This wildlife day camp will bring new adventures each day as children explore the wetlands, woods, and prairies of Crex. Recommended to bring: mosquito and tick repellant, close-toed shoes, water bottle, rain jacket. Pre-registration required - this event is for participants ages 8-12.

For more information, contact Lauren Finch, DNR Natural Resources Educator, at 715-463-2739. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg, Wis.

Wildlife conservation education programs are supported by Friends of Crex. For more information, visit [EXIT DNR] or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Last Revised: Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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